bands/musicians The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time  

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List Rules 3 piece bands...

Across all types of music what is the best 3 piece band ever? Add your own favorite band...heck even country works... country is a musical genre. Even contemporary country, unfortunately.

These are the best 3 piece bands ever, the best musical trios if you will... the best THREE MAN BANDS if you want to say it that way.


These 3 man bands run the spectrum from very very famous, to not so famous. But don't vote based on fame... some of the best bands aren't super famous. Obviously. It's about the music! it's not a popularity contest. Who is your favorite three piece band?
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Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
920 502
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Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

3
749 354
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

4
671 414
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The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

5
629 329
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Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
574 322
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ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
645 411
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
504 381
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Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
410 172
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

10
408 280
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Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
266 273
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
390 354
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Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
265 215
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

14
213 176
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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15
244 213
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Grand Funk Railroad Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

16
277 247
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Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
233 214
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

18
231 251
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Stray Cats New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
249 322
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Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
204 139
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

21
161 174
America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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151 167
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

23
161 181
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
85 88
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

25
160 185
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
James Gang Rock music, Hard rock

26
154 183
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Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
133 197
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Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

28
84 93
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Three Dog Night Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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29
95 192
Train is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Train Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

30
76 89
Toto is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
michael-reilly added Toto Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

31
77 145
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Everclear Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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120 205
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Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

33
54 86
TLC is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
TLC Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

34
71 116
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

35
106 195
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King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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36
82 120
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
74 89
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added A-ha Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

38
62 79
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Paramore Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

39
34 58
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

40
45 62
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

41
58 99
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

42
36 96
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Lady Antebellum Country pop, Pop music, Country

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29 68
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

44
48 82
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Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

45
69 147
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Outfield New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

46
49 119
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Destiny's Child Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

47
20 57
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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64 142
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Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

49
21 56
Queen + Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Queen + Paul Rodgers Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

50
51 127
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music